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LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL

Tri-City reaches Juniors" semifinals but can't get by Lincoln

Rocklin All Stars claim title
By: Amanda Calzada/Placer Herald Correspondent
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After the Tri-City Juniors All Stars opened the District 11, Area 1 Juniors All Stars tournament with an 8-2 loss to Lincoln, the boys in maroon had to battle back into contention through the elimination bracket. Lincoln 12, Tri-City 7 ? July 7 After a strong start and scoring three runs in the first inning, Tri-City turned up the defense to hold back the boys in blue. After picking up another run to go up 4-1 in the second stanza, the club saw their hopes fade away in the fourth inning when Lincoln scored nine runs. Tri-City was able to bring across two more runs in the game but couldn?t avoid the loss and elimination from the tournament. An injured Blake Henderson had to watch the game from the dugout. Pitcher Richard Meyers closed out the game for Tri-City. Tri-City also caught Lincoln?s Daniel Leyva in a rundown between second and third bases. Tri-City 3, Auburn 2 ? July 6 Tri-City?s Henderson opened the game by scoring off a hit by teammate Richard Meyers by sliding under the tag at home plate. Christian Bono added an extra run to tie the game in the fifth inning with Royce Hate getting the RBI. ?I just wanted to get home and score a run," said Bono who added that the game was "awesome." Both teams maintained tight defenses in the sixth and seventh innings preventing any further scores. In the eighth inning, Henderson doubled to get into scoring position. He again avoided the tag at home to score the winning run for Tri-City. "I was happy," said Henderson, who injured his arm closing out the game. Tri-City 8, Bear River 1 ? July 3 Tri-City earned an 8-1 victory over Bear River, dominating from the beginning. The team scored six runs in the second inning and two in the fourth behind RBIs by Jason McShane, Brayden Horn and Scott Randall.